On October 28th we got lucky enough to boogie with the best of them at the Halloween Masked Ball, as it made its 7th and most fantastic return yet! Helston can’t have had any idea what MADNESS was to explode within its Los Flambardos theme park, and not a single Ball-goer was underdressed for the occasion. The Masked Ball is always a walk on the wild side, boasting a strong and varied musical line-up, set among a myriad of stunningly curated venues.
With this year’s theme being the 7 Deadly Sins, many of the fantastically eccentric festival costumes featured some aspect of pride, greed, lust, envy, gluttony, wrath or sloth – with a heck-of-a-lot of glitter and fake blood thrown in for good measure. In the world of Halloween Masked Ball, the outfits of the party people appear to be as important as their passion for partying, and this year everyone reached new levels of spooky!
Tactfully scattered with new stages and rides, the party was a strange and surreal sideshow of fairground follies, rock ‘n’ roll posturing and freak show craziness, all waiting to be discovered in a nocturnal theme park where strange things happen. This included a myriad of rooms, dancefloors, dens, hidden bars and unpredictable nano-venues, eccentric humour and epic raves, set to a soundtrack of New York disco, primal chants, cosmic guitar licks and terrifying techno.
Each of the 7 Deadly Sin was also cleverly represented by various stages and party areas, for example, in a greedy moment of desire to buy more Jaegerbombs and more delicious Masked Ball food, you would find the cashpoints located in the ‘Greed’ area, with the Chill Out Bar located in ‘Sloth’. This festival is more than just music – it’s renowned for its incredible attention to detail, variation of venues and maze-like design, much like its sister festival ‘The Masked Ball’, which reunites the party people in May of each year for another boogying extravaganza!
This year the Halloween Masked Ballers danced through the night to an abundance of spooky musical sources, including the infamous drum and bass gurus Hospitality, who pleased the people with their tunes until the early hours in the ‘Grand Ballroom’! They truly shook the gates of hell with some of the UK’s best breakbeat talent including Fred V vs Graphix, Hugh Hardie, Nu:Logic, Keeno, Makoto, S.P.Y presents In The Dark, Etherwood and Randall B2B S.P.Y..
The return of “The Underworld” tent was witnessed making its debut at the Halloween Ball, after proving to be a favourite earlier in the year at Porthleven’s Masked Ball in May. Some of the other party places included the Technodrom, the Dirty Disco, Coney Island and Fangs Nightclub, but our top rated place for a boogie was The Altar! An outdoor live music stage, freakishly adorned with a giant skull!
This year’s spine-chilling rides included The Big Throbber, The Chunderbolt and Tugboat and the brand new Sky-Force, which were all free for the Ball-goers!
And for those deciding to take a revitalizing nap half way through the boogying sesh, the camp site was a mere few minutes walk from the Halloween Masked Ball happenings! To experience the ultimate comfort of a few hours sleep after all the mayhem had died down, there was also the option of sleeping in a Bell Tent or a Hobbit Hut to be had.
What a weekend to remember… and we’re ready to do it all over again next year!
Like the look of the Masked Ball?! Why not grab yourself some tickets for the Spring Ball?!
The theme this year is still under wraps, but as first tickets go on sale organisers have confirmed that the first wave of artists include Joe Goddard, Optimo, Horse Meat Disco, Psychemajik, Danielle Baldelli, Daft As Punk and Princeless – with lots more to be announced in 2018.
Also part of the Summer Masked Ball is the now infamous Sunday session for the truly dedicated hedonists who just can’t get enough and have the stamina of endurance athletes to get invariably twisted on a Sunday.
The Masked Ball takes place on May 25-27, at Beacon Crag, Porthleven, Cornwall. Check out our review from last year HERE.
Original ball tickets are available for just £50, or stay the weekend from Friday to Monday for just £75 or secure either for £10 deposit. Both tickets include camping. Tickets are available from http://www.maskedball.net
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